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SO, WE'RE COMING to the last stages of
a powerful year and with the Sun,
Mercury and North Node in Sagittarius,
it's an opportune time to review and re-
evaluate the significance of this last 12
months. One of the major drivers of the
Centaur is to make sense, to reap the
meaning from our experience, as part of
weaving a greater understanding of our
individual experience within the fabric
of the big picture of life itself.
This is particularly significant this
year as the Sun crossing the North Node,
culminating with a total eclipse on the
Full Moon of the 11th, highlights the
additional focus of what this year tells
us about our future. This Node contains
within it the visions of what is possible
for us as individual souls and of our
civilisation. Anytime it gets activated more
of the secrets, more of the pieces of this
collective jigsaw puzzle get revealed. If
This fully visible eclipse itself is, while
powerful, comparatively benign compared
to others of the past year. Simply put, the
Moon is on the South Node in Gemini,
evoking memories and patterns from the
past, while the Sun/North Node points
towards the future. The transition from
Gemini towards Sagittarius is basically
saying "Get out of our heads, look up
from our screens and everyday busyness,
and explore the bigger picture, so that
we can act passionately and decisively on
the basis of what we know to be true!"
And if we don't know what our truth is,
what direction to go in, this eclipse is an
ideal time for contemplation, meditation
and envisioning. The earth will shadow
the Moon beginning at midnight, peaking
at 1.37a.m. (AEDST) and lasting three
The challenges of the eclipse, and the
Sun in this month's chart, are squares to
Mars and Psyche conjunct in Virgo and
to Ceres in the opposing sign of Pisces.
Mars in Virgo is a great "Let's get the job
done well" kind of energy but its earth-
iness is a test to the exuberance of both
Gemini and Sagittarius, slowing them
down but offering greater precision. This
Mars is also very different as the con-
nection with the exquisite Psyche brings
a level of sensitivity not normally found
in the warrior god. It presents challenges
in balancing out the urge to act decisively,
while honouring our more sensitive
needs for spiritual connection, intimacy
and healthy self love. Ceres in Pisces
also reinforces the needs to care for
our vulnerability, the child inside us, for
those simple, basic emotional forms of
nurturing at times of considerable tension
and growth spurts, like an eclipse. This is
quite a juggle!
The themes of deep change and
movement in our relationship dynamics
continue into this month, with Venus
conjuncting Pluto in Capricorn on one
side and a tight Lilith/Hygeia conjunction
at the end of Sagittarius on the other.
The latter is an awesome combination
of feminine power, combining warrior
goddess with kundalini healer (one that
will join with Pluto in the 3rd week of
the month, just as Venus lines up with
the Shiva asteroid.)Lovers of tantra can
rejoice in these twin Shiva/Shakti line ups!
That all of these square the radical Uranus
adds both a degree of unpredictability to
affairs of the heart and the possibility of
Venus then is at the centre of a great
healing transformative vortex, while sex-
tiling Chiron and Neptune and, to top it
off, is one corner of a benevolent Grand
Trine with Mars, and Jupiter in Taurus.
Opportunities for deep heart and sexual
healing abound, as they do for reclaiming
individual passion while ejecting distort-
ions to the expressions of the sacred
feminine and healthy sexuality. The con-
nections with Neptune and Chiron also
support the reclamation of deeper levels
of sensitivity, creativity and psychospiritual
openness, processes that are simultan-
eously softening and empowering.
It looks as though Christmas is going
to be another strong one. Pluto has been
on the Sun on Christmas Day every year
since 2008 which I've tended to see as a
deepening trend to change the way we
celebrate it, ideally towards something
that is closer to its emotional and spiritual
essence. The planet has so much to do
with the power of love to transform,
whatever we feel about the story of
Christ. Of course, Pluto will also have
a field day with family dynamics, with
denial, power struggles and family taboos
all fair game to his purging urges. Our
experience all depends on where we
come from within ourselves and with
what we are willing to accept.
This year is even more so, as Christmas
Day falls on a New Moon, with both Sun
and Moon conjunct Pluto and squared
by Uranus. The imperative for change
then is heightened by the radicalising
individualism that the latter represents;
time to do it differently, to possibly begin
new family traditions. It is fortunately
not without good grace, too, as the three
trine Jupiter in early Taurus, which happens
to go forward motion on that very day.
We can still have a very good Christmas;
just make room for the voices of change.
With love and blessings to all.
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